Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 and Evergreen Lodge #53 would like to
thank the Epsom Community for their generous support for our annual
Christmas projects. The “Santa” gift stars made wishes come true for
50 children through the “Friends of Forgotten Children.”
Thanks to the Epsom Public Library and Circle Restaurant for
displaying the stars! Special thanks to Carol and Dan Ransom for
coordinating this event and delivering the gifts. Our annual Photos
with Santa allowed us to make a generous monetary donation to Epsom
Central School for children and families in need. Thank you to Jay
and Patricia Hickey of McCoy Mountain Tree Farm, David and Betty
Lent, The Epsom Fire Dept. for their donations of trees, and friends
and members from both lodges who donated cookies, helped wrap gifts
and helped on the day of the event.
Please join Evelyn Wead’s family in honoring her 90th birthday on
Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the New Rye Congregational Church.
The open house celebration for Evelyn will be from11:30 to 2:30 and
refreshments will be served. No gifts necessary.
I agree with National Rifle Association spokesperson Wayne LaPierre
who says when it comes to guns, good mental health should be a top
I believe he should start with the paranoid, delusional, anarchist
members many of us viewed on youtube recently.
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:
This week my committee held public hearings on four bills. HB156, on
the state fire marshal, was a housekeeping bill to remove references
to obsolete statutes. A good idea, but questions revealed that the
office of the fire marshal is defined in two different places in the
laws - and they don’t agree!
HB155, on open source software, was a minor modification to the law
we passed last year. HB141, on training new commissioners, came out
of the committee on the Liquor Commission, and I co-sponsored it. It
merely requires the Governor to set up a training program for the
new commissioners she appoints, and we heard Gov. Hassan intends to
go ahead with the idea, whether or not the bill passes.
HB124, on the definition of gainful employment when receiving a
disability pension, wants to delete the income limit for Group II
(police, fire, corrections) members once they would be old enough to
receive a normal pension. Since the beginning of the pension system,
disability pensions have been reduced if the pensioner earns more
than he would if he were still working, including the pension and
any outside income. In 2009, the limit was repealed, but it was
reinstated in 2011. I oppose this bill because the disability
pension is supposed to be an income floor for people injured on the
job, and the extra expenses (however small) will fall on our local
property taxpayers. This bill will be debated hotly, since the
situation discourages work: once they make as much as they would if
they were still at work (between the new job and the pension), every
extra dollar they earn results in a dollar cut in the pension.
Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details
than fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
Contest Winners Prove You Can Lose Weight Any Time of Year
Local Businesses Team Up Through The Holidays For Big Results And Big Rewards
We all know that holiday weight gain is inevitable, right? Not so
fast, according to award winning personal trainer and weight loss
coach Nancy Carlson. “We challenged our clients to not gain the
weight that most Americans will over the last 12 weeks of the year”
Coach Nancy relates “but we also gave them the tools to actually
lose weight during that tough time of year.”
A combination of efficient and intense but fun training, coupled
with a nutrition plan you can stick with for life produced some
amazing results. “Debbie, the first place winner of our ‘Eat Your
Way Right Through The Holidays” challenge lost 13.41% of her body
weight in 12 weeks, in spite of all the parties, office goodies and
family feasts” Nancy shares, “and our top 5 got rid of 76 pounds of
flab – simply amazing.”
Local businesses teamed up with Get Fit NH and generously treated
the winners to some fantastic prizes. “Many thanks to D’Tangles
Salon and Spa of Epsom, Chichester Massage and Bodywork Center, and
Sally’s Hairem and Peace and Balance Body Therapies, both in
Concord, for treating our winners” said a grateful Coach Nancy.
To learn more about how Get Fit NH can help you
achieve these kind of results, please email Nancy at
[email protected] or give
her a call at (603) 344-2651. For a free 2-week tryout to her award
winning Epsom/Concord training program to experience the best
personal training in NH, please visit
Nancy Carlson is the co-owner of Cr8 Health & Fitness
LLC, and is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Youth Fitness
Specialist. As a busy mom of six, she understands what it takes to
integrate a healthy lifestyle into a hectic schedule. Nancy is also
a fitness instructor and runs the award winning Get Fit NH (www.GetFitNH.com)
with her husband and co-trainer Dean in Epsom and Concord, NH.
Epsom Central School Student Advances In Lions International
Jenna Flewelling, a 6th grade student at Epsom Central School, has
taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized
artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Epsom
Chichester Lions Club.
Flewelling’s poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted
worldwide in the 25th annual Lions International Peace Poster
contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to
emphasize the importance of “world peace to young people
The submitted posters from Epsom Central School and Chichester
Middle School were judged on November 6th, 2012 by members of the
Epsom Chichester Lions Club. Members included David Joslyn, president; Betty Thompson, secretary; Dick Gibson,
membership chairman/zone chairman; Judith Gibsom and Barbara Saco as
well as Susan Hoag, project chairman.
Judgements were based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal
of the contest theme... “Imagine Peace.”
The posters will be on display at the Kimball Jenkins Art Gallery in
Concord, NH this spring. Dates, at this time are unknown.
Thank You To All!
We would like to thank everyone for their support of the American
Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 112 Children’s Store.
We would like to thank Care Pharmacy, Century 21 Thompson Realty,
Epsom Central School, M&M Ford, Pembroke Academy, Sterling Cleaver
Butcher Shop, and Z1 Express for letting us put donation boxes and
Thank you to Bickford’s Sport Center, Epsom Post Office, Epsom
Public Library, Monty’s Pet Foods and Supplies, The Circle
Restaurant, and Weathervane Seafood Restaurant for displaying our
Thanks to Epsom Dunkin Donuts for the coffee donation. A big thank
you to the teenagers who volunteered as elves and wrappers, to
everyone who donated items to the Children’s Store, to all our
family and friends who where involved and helped us to have a
memorable and successful event. A special thanks to Auxiliary and
Legion members who helped with the Children’s Store.
Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty
Mrs. Rita Kiley, Food Service Director
Rita, along with daughter Kimmy Kiley and Ruth Bachelder, make up
the cafeteria team called “The Gourmet Gals” by the teachers. Rita
is responsible for setting menus and preparing over 6,000 meals per
month. Menus change monthly, and meal ideas begin with government
requirements regarding the percentage of whole grain foods, calorie
counts, and balanced diets. Other ideas come from the “Gals”
themselves as well as children and staff members.
Rita’s day begins at 6:30 as her team prepares a hot, wholesome,
“really nice” breakfast for 20-plus children. Once a week, she
employs her personal recipe for muffins, which are popular with
children and staff alike.
Rita was a paraprofessional at Barnstead Elementary for 10 years,
and started working at ECS in midyear of 2003. She says she loves
working here in what she calls a “great school community.” Rita and
her team have great rapport with the kids, faculty, and staff. They
also cater the Leadership Breakfast, Michael Briggs Benefit Dinner,
a special breakfast after NECAP testing, and the Grandparent
Luncheon for Grades K-8, which was attended this year by 187
grandparents. Rita also participates in the Mini-Courses by offering
classes in cooking, cake decorating, and tie-dying. When the team
was invited to The Cook’s Corner on WMUR TV, they demonstrated
making their Buffalo Pizza, a favorite of ECS children and staff.
Rita says, “We have a very good time in the kitchen. It’s one of the
best jobs I’ve ever had. Working in the school system allows me to
keep in touch with kids.” She would say to Epsom parents, “Good job
with your kids!” and that the children she sees are generally polite
and respectful to the team.
Rita lives in Barnstead with Mike, her husband of 33 years, and two
of their four children. She says her working hours leave time to
support her grandchildren in their activities. In her free time,
Rita spends time with her family, walks her dogs, and plays the
On January 8, 2013, surrounded by her family, Coni went home to be
with her Lord and Savior Jesus.
Coni, born in Norwalk, CT on January 14, 1931, was a long time
resident of Epsom NH. The past 20 years Coni has lived in South
Coni was the daughter of Nicholas R. and Dorothy (Seef) Tavello.
Coni had one brother, Donald R. Tavello.
Coni loved interior design, yard work, painting water colors,
cleaning her home, animals, especially her dogs, but what Coni loved
most was family and friends gathering, all of us together, the more
the merrier. Coni’s favorite time was Christmas. Coni always made
Christmas fun. Even though she lived down south Coni always came
home for Christmas to be with family. She made Christmas complete.
As a friend and mother, Coni always had time to listen, pray with
you, give moral support, cheer you on, and believe for your miracle.
Coni always opened her home to friends and strangers. Her priority
Coni’s life was an example of faith, strength, determination and
true courage. A polio victim at age 27, Coni was confined to a bed
for two years. She promised God if he got her on her feet she would
accomplish something everyday. A promise she kept.
“I can’t” was a phrase not used by our mother. She preferred “Never
Coni was predeceased by her brother, Donald R. Tavello and grandson,
Justin Poster. She is survived by Randy Smith, her loving companion
and loyal friend from South Carolina. Her daughters, Nicki Gagnon
and husband George, Billie Blodgett and husband Skip both from
Deerfield; her sons, Dandi Pease and wife Sharon and Loni Pease,
both from Virginia; seven grandchildren, April Poster, Coni Baines,
Matty Tavello, Raven Blodgett, Brianne Pease, Kiley Pease, and
Elijah Gagnon; six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
As her family, we saw the struggles she faced and overcame. The
tears and sorrows she bore and the laughs, smiles and hope shared.
She was and is an inspiration to all of us. We were fortunate and
proud to be able to call her Ma.